Dancing for ‘Love’Aspen Community Theatre will present a dance workshop prior to auditions for the fall musical, “She Loves Me.” The workshop, led by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company member Eric Chase, is set for Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 7-9 p.m. at the Red Brick Center for the Arts studio.Aspen Community Theatre will present the romantic musical “She Loves Me,” with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harrick (the team behind “Fiddler on the Roof”), Nov. 8-11 and 14-17 at the Wheeler Opera House. Auditions, set for Sept. 8-9 at the Crystal Palace, are open to adults of all ages. Copies of the script and soundtrack are available at the Pitkin County Library. Those auditioning should bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. Chase is in his sixth season with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and has taught dance classes for all ages and level in a 10-year career in dance. Chase will also be choreographer for the production. Joining him on the crew are director Michael Monroney, vocal director Paul Dankers, conductor Wendy Larson, set designer Tom Ward and costume designer Kathleen Albert.Enrollment in the dance workshop is limited. To reserve a space or to schedule an audition, call Rita Hunter at 923-3327.Blues, brews on tap in TellurideThe 14th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, set for Sept. 14-16, will feature headliners Los Lonely Boys, the Keb’ Mo’ Band, and the Black Crowes. In addition to main-stage acts in Telluride Town Park, the festival includes a Grand Tasting of microbrewed beers, juke joint shows in local venues, the Rainbow Kids area for children, Blues for Breakfast events, and the Telluride Acoustic Blues Competition.Other acts scheduled to appear include Robert Randolph & the Family Band, the Radiators, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, JJ Grey & Mofro, Tishamingo, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band and more. Performing late-night Juke Joint shows are Kent Burnside & the New Generation, Mojo Watson, Joe Bonamassa, the Rhythm Council with Henry Butler, Papa Mali, Kirk Joseph and Robb Kidd, and more. Closing the festival with the Fais Do Do at the Sheldon Opera House are the Radiators, who will be joined by New Orleans brass band Bonerama.The Grand Tasting on Sept. 15 will features more than 100 beers from over 50 microbreweries, including Colorado’s Flying Dog Brewery, Durango Brewing Co., Dolores River Brewery, and New Belgium Brewing Company.For tickets or further information, go to http://www.tellurideblues.com.Free Radicals featured at Poetry NightZélé Café will host a Poetry Night Sunday, Aug. 26, from 7:30-10 p.m. All poets and all forms of poetry are welcome.Featured poets for the event are Free Radical Railroad, comprising Phil Woods, James Taylor III and Michael Adams. The trio released a collection together, “Underground,” earlier this year.The evening will also feature live music by Obadiah Jones; an Open Mike segment, with poets taking three-minute turns onstage; and the Sidewalk Poem of the Month collective writing project.For further information, call 309-4828.
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